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    Laws and governments are not the only forces impacting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. Society, culture, and religion can also strongly impact the well-​being of LGBTI people. Religion is often given as a justification for discrimination and mistreatment of LGBTI people. Those who persecute LGBTI people also accuse them of violating long-​held cultural traditions. Social change is often more difficult to achieve than legal change. There are religious leaders in many faiths who consider LGBTI identity sinful and exclude and stigmatize LGBTI people from their faith communities. Many of these leaders encourage psychologically​—​and sometimes physically​—​harmful “reparative therapy” practices, support relatives who reject their LGBTI family members, and even call for torture and execution of LGBTI people.

ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

Thirty Years Ago Four Gay Rights Activists Invaded the Newsroom of the BBC Six O’clock News

Thirty years ago four gay rights activists invaded the newsroom of the BBC Six O’clock News. Anchor-woman Sue Lawley was forced to continue with her bulletin with the four women present as…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

At the 11th Hour, Papua New Guinea’s HIV Drug Crisis Has Been Averted

Stocks of anti-retroviral drugs to treat HIV have been replenished in Papua New Guinea as the country faced a critical shortage. Last month, medical experts and HIV advocates warned people ‘may die’…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

Taiwanese Students Hang Rainbow Flags to Protest School’s Cancellation of LGBT Lectures

Students at a high school in Kaohsiung city hung rainbow flags outside classrooms to disclose their objection against school's suspension of lectures presented by members of the LGBT community amid parents' disapproval. A lecture…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

China’s Government Wants to Help LGBTI Groups Raise Money to Keep Running

The government in China will set up a foundation to help LGBT groups fundraise money. China will help ease the dependence on foreign donations, in what advocates have described as a positive…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

In the Legal Battle Against Section 377, the Right to Love and Live is at Stake

July 8, 2001 is burnt into Arif Jafar’s mind. The Lucknow-based social worker and his colleagues at the non-governmental organisation Bharosa Trust were booked under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code—…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

Cuba’s New Leader Brings Hope for Gay Rights

Gay rights in Cuba have come a long way since the early years of the Communist revolution, when countless people were marginalized or forced to flee because of their sexual orientation. Now,…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2018

Belarus Slams UK Embassy Over Rainbow Flag on Day Against Homophobia

Belarus has slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships “fake”. In a lengthy statement, the Interior Ministry said the…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Ghana’s State-Owned Newspaper Urges Citizens To Reject LGBT Rights

Ghana state run newspaper the Ghanaian Times has published an editorial urging its citizens to fight against LGBT rights in the African country, where gay sex is punishable by up to three…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Northern Ireland: Gay Couples, Inspired by Royal Wedding, Will Protest for Marriage Equality

Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK that does not allow same-sex couples to marry. Gay couples in Northern Ireland have been inspired by the royal wedding to protest for…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

The Chinese Athletes Warming Up for the Gay Games

In a few months, 25-year-old Meng Yu will represent China in basketball. But there’s a catch: The team hasn’t even had its first practice. Meng, a fundraising consultant for non-profit organizations in…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Zimbabwe Wants to Rejoin the Commonwealth, But Where Does it Stand on LGBT Rights?

Following Robert Mugabe’s ousting from government, Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth. Despite becoming involved in the intergovernmental organisation when it gained independence in 1980, the African country hasn’t been a…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

Pope to Gay Man: ‘God Made You Like This’

A gay victim of sexual abuse said he received a moving message of support from Pope Francis. Juan Carlos Cruz met with the leader of the Catholic Church last week, in order…

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